This is a fascinating e-mail from Youtube for a variety of reasons. Firstly, I don't begrudge having some sort of criteria for entrance into being allowed to monetize content. That said however, Youtube monetizes content anyway; even if that content is "demonetized" and pockets the entire income. I've demonstrated this to be true when Youtube told me a stream I did was "not monetizable" but contained 20-something adverts in the first hour of the stream. With that out the way though, this raises many interesting questions and mostly makes me think this is a thinly veiled "We're going to start taking ALL the money your channel generates". Mostly because we KNOW that Youtube objectively DOES run adverts on demonetized content, which means THEY are taking ALL the money generated by that content. It makes me think about people who quit Youtube but still pull thousands or tens of thousands of views. If they fall below a view time threshold or upload frequency threshold; all that money goes bye-bye. Thinking even further, what about someone who did Youtube content for a long time and then died or went into a coma or something and their ad revenue just keeps ticking over into a joint bank account for a spouse or something? NOPE! That money belongs to Youtube now. It reminds me heavily of channels like "Great Depression Cooking". A channel whose content creator passed away some years ago but since that time Youtube has shot that channel up in the algorithm making it viral. I have to wonder if that channel hit a similar state with Youtube. Basically "Make more content or we're keeping all the money" and whether or not e-mails like this one have any bearing on the seemingly sporadic "remasters" of videos that crop up every so often. Keeping that channels monetization partly out of Youtube's hands and in the hands of the family. Maybe this is part of the reason why the 'Youtube Algorithm™', keeps "randomly" recommending videos from YEARS ago from dead channels, effectively forcing the video to become a viral trend. Youtube hopes the creator doesn't notice; and why would they, Youtube disables notifications at random all the time. As a result, Youtube pockets all the money from the now millions of views because the creator didn't opt in again to claim the money. I despise everything about this e-mail from Youtube because it basically amounts to "If you quit on us, after X amount of time, your intellectual property becomes ours. If you want it back, get back on the treadmill". I fully understand there is a lot of conjecture in this on my part but after so many years of Youtube blatantly shitting on their uses who aren't mainstream media, partisan left or paid "influencers". I have 0 reason to give Youtube any benefit of the doubt when it comes to their motives. At this point in time, I have to assume active malice on their part. There is 0 cost involved in keeping monetization on a channel once it qualifies. The only reason to remove it is because doing so directly financially benefits Youtube. You might be thinking "But small channels like that only generate pennies a day in revenue! It makes no sense for Youtube/Google to be that petty about such a small amount of money!". Well, let me remind you that pennies build pounds and Youtube has thousands of hours of footage uploaded to it every day. Millions of pennies over the course of a year builds into many thousands of pounds. TL;DR= I hate Youtube for even more reasons now.
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